November 28, 2018

“Gary Saretzky Retrospective” at JKC Gallery in Trenton

Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) James Kerney Campus Gallery (JKCG) presents “Gary Saretzky Retrospective — 1972 to the Present,” an exhibit that chronicles the work and influences of this well-known Lawrence photographer. The show runs through Thursday, January 10. A community reception and artist talk take place on Wednesday, December 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. The talk begins at 6 p.m.

JKCG is located in MCCC’s Trenton Hall, 137 North Broad Street, across the street from the James Kerney Building.

According to Michael Chovan-Dalton, the gallery’s director and curator, Gary Saretzky has been archiving — both professionally and personally — for most of his life. He was the archivist for Educational Testing Service (ETS) for 25 years and has been Monmouth County’s archivist since 1994. Since 1972, Saretzky has also been amassing a more personal archive of his life experiences and observations through photography.

“His collection reflects various schools of photography through the decades and their inevitable influence on all photographers who are students and teachers of photographic history,” Chovan-Dalton said. “Effused in Saretzky’s work are glimpses of Listette Model, Minor White, and Duane Michals, with an occasional hint of Lee Friedlander or William Klein. This is all to say that Gary Saretzky’s work is the culmination of a lifetime of archiving and a profound desire to preserve the joys and sorrows of living.”

Saretzky’s passion for photography took root at Mercer County Community College when he took a class in 1972. From 1977 to 2012, he taught photography and the history of photography at MCCC, as well as at The College of New Jersey, and he continues to lecture regularly under the auspices of the Public Speakers Program of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities

General JKCG hours are: Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit